Six people were hospitalized, three of them in critical condition, on Monday after a cab rolled down a sidewalk in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood, prompting a harrowing rescue attempt by bystanders, police said.
The collision happened around 1 p.m. when the taxi driver turned south on West 29th Street and Broadway, according to NYPD Deputy Chief John Chell, who delivered a briefing based on video footage.
After hitting a cyclist, he said the taxi driver veered toward the curb and appeared to accelerate, jumping the curb and pressing two women into a wall, according to Chell.
Afterwards, about 15 to 20 New Yorkers attempted to lift the women’s car.
Chell called the moment a “remarkable scene.” Firefighters were among those responding to the incident.
An investigation by the city’s highway investigation team is ongoing.
The taxi driver was among those hospitalized.
In a statement released Monday evening, Mayor Eric Adams said he visited the scene of the collision. He called the accident a “terrible tragedy” and thanked those who tried to help the victims.
“Road safety is our concern, and I will continue to work and take action every day to keep New Yorkers and all who visit our city safe on our streets,” he added.
Adams has been under constant pressure from transit advocates to address rising road death tolls since the pandemic began. Earlier this year, he promised to redesign 1,000 intersections as well as strengthen law enforcement.
More recently, the city’s Department of Transportation unveiled a $4 million ad campaign against speeding.
The article has been updated to include a statement from Mayor Eric Adams.